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What is the Community Shield Game?

The FA Community Shield is the traditional opening game of the English football season. But what is it, exactly? Who plays in it? And when and where does it happen? Let's break it down. First, the FA is the Football...

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What is the Copa del Rey?

(Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning Groundhopper Guides may receive some compensation if you make a purchase after clicking one of these links.) The Copa del Rey, or King's Cup, is the domestic cup competition in...

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What is the FA Trophy?

The easiest way to think about the FA (Football Association) Trophy is that it's just like the FA Cup, only for semipro and amateur English football clubs. Let's learn more about the FA Trophy -- currently known as the Buildbase...

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Promotion and Relegation in German Football

Promotion and relegation in German football is generally similar to English football, but there are some differences. Promotion to the Bundesliga involves a playoff as it does for the Premier League in England, but in Germany, one team must win...

What is the Coppa Italia?

The Coppa Italia, or Italian Cup, is the domestic soccer cup competition in Italy. You can think of it as the FA Cup of Italy, but there are some important and interesting differences. Coppa Italia History The Coppa Italia was...

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